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Chronologically, the entries range from '50s pieces like Philip K. Dick's "Second Variety" and Arthur C. Clarke's "Superiority" to more modern ruminations on war like "The Scapegoat" by C.J. Cherryh and "To the Storming Gulf" by Gregory Benford. But rather than quality (all these stories are of inarguable pedigree) or even breadth, what might recommend these most to readers new to them are the ideas and other works they later inspired: Anne McCaffrey's "Dragonrider" and Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" both gave rise to phenomenally successful series, Joe W. Haldeman's "Hero" preceded The Forever War, and Philip K. Dick's "Second Variety" became the SF thriller Screamers. The collection also gives you a glimpse of what dark thoughts were rattling around the heads of prolific writers like David Drake and George R.R. Martin in the '70s. --Paul Hughes
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This is a good collection containing many of the important stories from this field. If you're new to SF this book will serve you well. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2001
Unfortunately this colelction contains, mostly, the short versions of far better novels. We get an excerpt from "The Forever war" by Joe Haldeman and the proto-type short story on... Read morePublished on June 14 2001 by J. Chang
Despite what the title says, this book does not contain stories about the military, at least not the majority. Read morePublished on June 9 2001 by Jonathan Kirshenbaum